Abductive Reasoning-- (also called abduction, abductive inference or retroduction) is a form of logical inference which goes from an observation to a theory which accounts for the observation, ideally seeking to find the simplest and most likely explanation. In abductive reasoning, unlike in deductive reasoning, the premises do not guarantee the conclusion. One can understand abductive reasoning as "inference to the best explanation".

DEDUCTIVE, INDUCTIVE, AND ABDUCTIVE REASONING

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Abductive reasoning (also called abduction,[1] abductive inference[2] or retroduction[3]) is a form of logical inference which goes from an observation to a theory which accounts for the observation, ideally seeking to find the simplest and most likely explanation. In abductive reasoning, unlike in deductive reasoning, the premises do not guarantee the conclusion. One can understand abductive reasoning as "inference to the best explanation". en.wikipedia.org

Abductive Reasoning :: Though inductive and deductive methods are both valid, they can limit our range of choices. Abductive reasoning, on the other hand, uses a combination of UXD methods to better understand what is possible and to provide us with permission to think beyond what’s already there. http://uxpamagazine.org/using-your-logical-powers/

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